Specialty Museums in Washington DC

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Specialty Museums in Washington DC

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  • Jay
    Phoenix, AZ152 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I visited the National Air and Space Museum with a friend and enjoyed my visit. The exhibits are cool and they have a handful of interactive ones with good information. I'm not personally that interested in aeronautics but I think it was still a good museum overall.
    Written May 8, 2024
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  • Zee S
    Naples, FL69 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The only disappointment was not enough cool gaggets for the kids. Overall great experience. Friendly staff and will truly test your memory. Pay attention to everything!
    Written April 14, 2024
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  • Scott B
    201 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is one of my favorite Smithsonian museums to go to in DC. The national archives is not often that crowded, and you can see the constitution, the declaration, and the Bill of Rights in the main rotunda. The other exhibits aren’t as good, but a half an hour at the national archives is always enough to be inspired by our founding documents.
    Written May 7, 2024
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  • Enrique G
    Mexico City, Mexico27 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    You can see a lot of history of the Bible and learn why it is so important to many cultures and countries. You really learn things you didn't know.
    Written April 8, 2024
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  • lmr1
    25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Located across the street from Union Station, this was a good place to spend time between hotel checkout and train schedule. Union Station has a baggage storage area where you can leave your suitcase (for a fee). I think kids would enjoy this. And, if you’re into baseball, there’s exhibits about that, which was unexpected. Helpful note: there’s a phone charging kiosk near the escalator to the basement exhibits.
    Written April 23, 2024
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  • DCMANYC
    New York City, NY111 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Informative tour and good use of audio/visual effects. Nicely told story. Could do without so much of the questions - “what do you think?” Etc that is in vogue in interpretive tourism today. Visitor center was well sized and a good complement. Highly recommend!
    Written April 1, 2024
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  • Boyd J
    Maleny, Australia1,729 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I'm sad to say that this was my least favorite museum of our week-long visit to Washington DC. There is some good art but the floor on treaties is depressing - lots of words and treaty after treaty broken. I was looking more for galleries and in depth displays and explanations about American Indian lifestyles and culture. I guess I was expecting something in the vein of the National Museum of African American History and Culture; I was disappointed.
    Written February 25, 2024
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  • Mike G
    374 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Recently renovated and reopened this place should certainly be a on your list to see. Lots of women’s art from numerous eras provide a comprehensive view of what female artists have contributed. Of particular interest is the second floor devoted to contemporary sculpture.
    Written December 24, 2023
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  • Karin K
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really interesting "off the beaten path" tour. Evening Prohibition and Wine Cellar tour was excellent. Our guide was very well informed and clearly had a passion for history. We learned about the times, the home and the neighborhood.
    Written February 6, 2024
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  • OklahomaSherri
    53 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This a great way to spend a few hours. Very interactive and a change from the standard museum. Staff is extremely helpful, special shout out to Samantha who was extremely friendly and informative.
    Written April 19, 2024
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  • Stephen B
    Philadelphia, PA30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had a very pleasant walk four miles upstream from our hotel to another destination. We had been there a year before, but this was a more ambitious walk.

    The path is well maintained and attractive. It is a great place to spend some time, whether you are using it to go somewhere or just to unwind.
    Written May 4, 2023
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  • Wayne
    Tokoroa, New Zealand312 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a fantastic place to visit. It is mostly wet underground, it is spacious and has lots of exhibits.

    There is a driving simulator and a use of force simulator too. Charles runs the simulators, he is highly experienced and offers a lot of insight.

    There are so many interactive exhibits as well as information.

    This was my second visit, well worth it
    Written November 4, 2023
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  • Robert D
    Brooklyn, New York3,873 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The National Museum of African Art is much larger than it looks from the outside because most of the exhibits are underground. There is a wide variety of exhibits to enjoy. Benin artist Georges Adeagbo created an installation of over 200 items that are associated with Abraham Lincoln which was displayed in Lincoln's Summer Cottage and now have come to the Smithsonian. One of the most unusual exhibits was "From the Deep: In the Wake of Drexciya with Ayana Jackson". Drexciya is an imaginary underwater kingdom populated by the children of pregnant women who had been thrown overboard or jumped voluntarily into the ocean during the transatlantic slave trade.
    Written January 5, 2024
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  • 23dj
    Las Vegas, NV18,336 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful memorial dedicated to the United States Navy. There are multiple flags being flown, some names, dates, statues. Located behind the National Archives
    Written September 16, 2023
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  • Kevin B
    Mount Juliet, TN3,586 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a must-see if you're visiting Ford's Theater as it completes the story of what happened on the night that President Lincoln was assassinated. Lincoln was brought here after he was shot and he died in this home. You can tour the house, which is only a few rooms, and see the room and bed where Lincoln died. There is also a museum attached to it that goes into detail about the hunt for Booth and the aftermath of the assassination, which was fascinating to read. This is an essential place to visit for American history enthusiasts and I would highly recommend coming here.
    Written January 12, 2024
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